Ares S Project Debuts As 705-Horsepower Corvette C8 Supercar
The Ares Design S project takes the Corvette C8 and turns it into a more elegant sports car. Although this is somewhat believing, the company says the first deliveries could take place at the end of the year, said Ares boss and former Lotus CEO Dany Bahar. Top Gear on the new project.
The eight-speed dual-clutch chassis and gearbox come straight from the latest Corvette. Something weird is going on with the engine though. The 6.2-liter V8 would produce 705 horsepower (526 kilowatts) at 6,450 rpm and 715 pound-feet (969 Newton-meters) of torque at 5,150 rpm. It can also run at 9,000 rpm.
Obviously, this is not the original V8 from the Vette. But Bahar does not say what is different. “It remains a secret between our supplier in the US and us. These are all mechanical modifications, however, you cannot do this through software,” Bahar said. Top Gear. “The sound it produces is inspired by the old F1 V10s, very high tonality.”
Squeezing an additional 200 hp (149 kW) out of the Corvette’s LT2 V8 and keeping it naturally aspirated and moving 6.2 liters will be a real challenge. Additionally, the claimed 9,000rpm redline is 2,500rpm higher than the existing version. The presumed specifications indicate a thorough overhaul of the powertrain.
The S Project wears a swoopy bodywork that includes a low nose with prominent fenders that should allow wide outward visibility. The flowing roofline features a scoop to send air to the engine, and there are awnings on all of the fenders. The exhausts go up vertically out of the rear axle. There doesn’t appear to be a rear window, but a camera system could fix that.
Ares Design intends to build 24 examples of Project S over a two-year period and sell them for € 500,000 ($ 594,375 at current exchange rates). Ultimately, the company would like to introduce more variations of the model.